Activision Stock Plunges as Gamers Seethe Over Diablo Immortal

Blizzard  Activision announces Diablo Immortal for iOS

Anonymous sources tell Kotaku that Blizzard had originally planned to end the BlizzCon 2018 keynote by confirming Diablo IV's existence, but this was scrapped at the eleventh hour for unknown reasons.

The problem, as many see it, is that while Blizzard did advise fans in October to temper their expectations for Diablo at BlizzCon, the studio has also been teasing "multiple Diablo projects" for months. During a follow-up Q&A with members of Immortal's development team, one BlizzCon attendee facetiously asked if the game was "an out-of-season April Fool's joke". Whether or not you personally find Blizzard culpable for Diablo Immortal's backlash, it remains clear that the controversy surrounding the game has ultimately cast an ominous shadow over the game.

Activision Blizzard held its annual BlizzCon conference over the weekend, and many gamers hoped that the next major entry in the Diablo franchise would be part of the event.

The comment came after the same Kotaku published a story that said Blizzard had recorded a Diablo 4 presentation video featuring co-founder Allen Adham, with the objective of showing it at BlizzCon.

Those familiar with the situation said the Diablo team wasn't ready to commit to an announcement, since Diablo 4 has changed immensely over the past four years.

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As well as "Diablo Immortal", a mobile version of classic action franchise "Diablo", video game developer Blizzard announced new content for "Overwatch", "Hearthstone" and "Warcraft" at Blizzcon 2018, while "Destiny 2" goes free until November 18.

Activision Blizzard representatives didn't immediately respond to voicemails seeking comment.

Sources claim that Blizzard recorded a video in which co-founder Allen Adham discussed "a new Diablo project", although no footage seems to have been involved - so it'd essentially have been just a name drop. But then fans quickly proved themselves to be that messy bitch who hurls things at their significant other because how dare Blizzard show up with a pearl necklace when it knew they were waiting for a diamond ring.

Fortunately, game development isn't like dating, because if it were Blizzard might consider calling the whole thing off.

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